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Dana Milbank: Obama "putting on a clinic for some of the world's greatest dictators"

The most transparent administration in history is what we were promised.


World leaders arriving in Washington for President Obama's Nuclear Security Summit must have felt for a moment that they had instead been transported to Soviet-era Moscow.

They entered a capital that had become a military encampment, with camo-wearing military police in Humvees and enough Army vehicles to make it look like a May Day parade on New York Avenue, where a bicyclist was killed Monday by a National Guard truck.

In the middle of it all was Obama -- occupant of an office once informally known as "leader of the free world" -- putting on a clinic for some of the world's greatest dictators in how to circumvent a free press.

The only part of the summit, other than a post-meeting news conference, that was visible to the public was Obama's eight-minute opening statement, which ended with the words: "I'm going to ask that we take a few moments to allow the press to exit before our first session."

Reporters for foreign outlets, many operating in repressive countries, got the impression that the vaunted American freedoms are not all they're cracked up to be.

Yasmeen Alamiri from the Saudi Press Agency got this lesson in press freedom when trying to cover Obama's opening remarks as part of a limited press "pool": "The foreign reporters/cameramen were escorted out in under two minutes, just as the leaders were about to begin, and Obama was going to make remarks. . . . Sorry, it is what it is."

Yes... it is what it is... and you folks in the media are as responsible as anyone for it being what it is.

Got enough of that hope and change yet?

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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Comments (21)

Obama once again showing th... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Obama once again showing that what he really wants is for the US to be another third world kleptocracy. I'd say he's at least half way there.

Oh, come on Rick and Jim. I... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Oh, come on Rick and Jim. I'm sure the attendees will tell us exactly what went on! Yes, yes, and in great detail.

For any that may have missed it, the above is all sarcasm.

I can hear Ahmadinejad now:... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I can hear Ahmadinejad now: "We have to drop the bomb on Tel Aviv so you can know what's inside it."

Well, we have the most tran... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Well, we have the most transparently evil administration in history. Does that count?

Ironically, with every addi... (Below threshold)

Ironically, with every additional quashing of transparency the real Obama comes into clearer view. So much so that even Superglue can't hold the scales on the libs' eyes. When you've lost Milbank, you've lost, well, not that much, really. Still, even Obama's biggest bootlickers are starting to see the light.

The arrogant liar should be... (Below threshold)

The arrogant liar should be dethroned and soon.

Well, perhaps if Obama ship... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Well, perhaps if Obama shipped Milbank and friends off to a Gulag they'd finally catch a real clue and cease being liberal idiots. Then again, perhaps not.

I'm sure that the WH "press... (Below threshold)

I'm sure that the WH "press release" corps has no idea just how disdainful close to a majority of Americans are towards them.

It is Eason Jordan's CNN Baghdad Bureau all over again; the ramifications for the audience as dire, just not violent.

Imagine if Bush would hav--... (Below threshold)

Imagine if Bush would hav-- oh never mind.

Well MSM, you WANTED him, y... (Below threshold)

Well MSM, you WANTED him, you PROMOTED him, you lavished PRAISE on him, you got him. Now STFU! NO ONE wants to hear your whining.

You compared him to Lincoln. You compared him to FDR. You even compared him to Reagan. Who's next? Stalin?

I object to the word clinic... (Below threshold)

I object to the word clinic!

Dana Milbank: Obama "put... (Below threshold)

Dana Milbank: Obama "putting on a clinic for some of the world's greatest dictators"

Of course, He forgoes all forethought and pretense and selects himself Dictator above all..

I am shocked that Milbank w... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I am shocked that Milbank was able to pull his lips away from Obama's anus long enough to look around and see what was going on.

It's a great big world out here, Dana - give it a look when you get the chance!

OR ~ perhaps he's still ticked that an Obama statement on press coverage mentioned him and called him "she" . . .

"I object to the word clini... (Below threshold)

"I object to the word clinic!"

It would be more believable...If? Wait for it!!!

If Barry were pregnant! Than the economy rebounds and 15 million jobz corpse jobz are manufuctured out of sympathy to the Indonesian outcry!

GarandFan says the Goebbels... (Below threshold)

GarandFan says the Goebbelsesque "press" compared the mild mannered marijuana-mumbling Mussolini-modeled modified-Marxist moronic mother's milquetoast to the traitor, FDR -- and to Stalin.

Why not?

FDR, after all - he of the so richly Soviet-agent larded "administration," that sewed the totalitarian wind - was both the protege of his Uncle Joe -- and is the parent of the present pretender. Hem that is, who will oversee the reaping of the totalitarian typhoon!

I think this applies to Oba... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I think this applies to Obama

" "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

BarryO wouldn't be doing th... (Below threshold)

BarryO wouldn't be doing this if he knew he'd receive favorable reports from the press corp.

The question is really about what is he promising behind closed doors that a fawning lapdog press would somehow object to and report on.

It's ironic, really. The MSM is being thrown under the [very crowded] bus and they don't even realize it.

"Obama 'putting on a cli... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"Obama 'putting on a clinic for some of the world's greatest dictators'"

More than likely Obama wanted to learn how to be more like them, hence the media blackout.

Milbank has been swallowing... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

Milbank has been swallowing liberal snot all
his life. Methinks he doth protest too much
in this case. By next week he'll back to
eating what's dripped to him by Bam and the
crowd...and assuring us that 'Pubs are the
the real danger. Dana has grown fat 'n sassy
by kissing the left butt-cheek of every issue.
But he's still butt-ugly, and the kind of
guy that was crammed into the gym locker
every day in high school.

The press is getting antsy ... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

The press is getting antsy waiting for this
Obama-jamma to GROW into his Presidency and
justify their early adulation. My guess is that
they will herald to the world that he has
BECOME what they love, and what WE need, in
September of 2012. Yep.....by then he'll be
ready to REALLY lead us out of the darkness.

Dana Milbank: Obama "puttin... (Below threshold)

Dana Milbank: Obama "putting on a clinic for some of the world's greatest dictators"

No, as usual its all about Him.






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